Apps Crash on macOS Monterey? Here's the Fix

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Jerome Mills

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Have you encountered an app crash after updating to macOS Monterey? Although this issue is rare, it is not difficult to deal with. You can take some steps to fix it. In this blog, we will take you through why apps keep crashing on Monterey and teach you how to solve the problem.

Apps Crash on macOS Monterey? Here's the Fix

Reasons for Apps Keep Crashing on Monterey

After upgrading to macOS Monterrey, various problems may occur. The most common one is app crashes. There are many reasons for this problem. Here we have listed some of the most important ones:

  • Apps are not compatible.
  • Running out of memory space.
  • Too many processes in the background.
  • Bugs in apps.

Fortunately, app crashes do not affect your Mac much. You can try some tricks to fix the problem.

How to Fix App Crashing on Monterey

Now that you know the possible reasons for the app crash. Let's see how to solve this problem.

1. Force Quit the Crashing App & Restart It

After an application crashes or freezes, the simplest solution is to force quit it and start it again. You can do this by clicking the Apple Menu > Force Quit, finding the crashing app in the list, selecting it, and then clicking the Force Quit button to end all the app processes. After that, restart your app.

Force Quit the Crashing App

If you restart the application, the system still prompts that the app has quit out unexpectedly, then you can proceed to the next step.

2. Restart Your Mac

It's a good idea to reboot your Mac. Some common problems can be solved by restarting your Mac. All you have to do is click on the Apple Menu and select Restart.

If the crashing problem still occurs, then try the following methods.

3. Update Your App

If an application is not compatible with your current Mac operating system, it will crash. What you should do is update the application to a version compatible with Monterey.

For an app downloaded from the Apple Store, open the Apple Store, click Updates in the sidebar, and update the application.

Update App with Apple Store

For an app downloaded from the Internet, you cannot update it through the Apple Store. You need to go to its official website to check if there is a new version. If so, follow the instructions on the screen to update. If not, you have to wait for a new update before you can use it again. Of course, you can also find a compatible alternative.

4. Kill Memory-Hogging Processes

As we said above, insufficient memory space can also crash your app because your app has no space to store data. In this case, you can use Activity Monitor to find and end processes that are memory hungry, such as graphics design tools, video editing software, and other large programs.

  1. Open Activity Monitor via Spotlight or Launchpad.
  2. Click on the Memory tab, and you will see all the processes that are using your memory.
  3. Find the ones that take up a lot of space and double-click on their icons to stop them.

Kill Memory-Hogging Processes with Activity Monitor

5. Clear App Cache

An app cache contains files, images, multimedia, java scripts, and other data. Cache files can speed up the loading of an application when you revisit it. If you are experiencing a crashing problem with your application, clearing the app caches may help you fix the issue. Don't worry. Clearing cache files will not harm your app. It will only make the app load slower than before.

To clear an app's cache, press Shift + Command + G on a Finder window to open the Go to Folder window, paste the folder location ~/Library/Caches, and click the Go button. Find the crashing app's folder in the Caches folder, go into it, and drag files inside to trash.


6. Uninstall and Reinstall the Crashing App

Still can't solve the app crashing problem by the above methods? Try to uninstall and reinstall it.

Please note that it's essential to uninstall the crashing app completely. Simply dragging the app to the trash won't thoroughly remove it from your Mac. Its associated files are still on your hard drive. To entirely remove the application, you also need to find and delete its related files using Finder.

  1. In the Finder, click the Go menu and then select Library. go-to-library.png
  2. Check the following folders to the app-related files.
  • Application Support
  • Caches
  • Preferences
  • Saved Application State
  1. Empty the trash.

Alternatively, you can use third-party application uninstallers like BuhoCleaner to remove the crashing app with one click. BuhoCleaner is one of the best Mac cleaners and app removers. With this handy tool, you can get rid of the application and its associated files without any hassle. Moreover, you can also use BuhoCleaner to find and delete residual files of uninstalled apps.

  1. Just download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac. (It is compatible with macOS Monterey.)
  2. Launch it and select the App Uninstall option. uninstall-app-with-buhocleaner.png
  3. Click the Scan button and find the crashing app you want to remove from the result list.
  4. Check the boxes next to the unwanted app and click on the Remove button. uninstall-app-on-mac.png
  5. To remove the remnants of the uninstalled apps, switch to Leftovers, check the files you want to remove, and click the Remove button.


That's all. We hope you can solve the Mac application crashing problem by following the tips above. If you find this article helpful, don't forget to share it with your friends.


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